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Enjoy photos and reflections on the uplifting International Women’s Day Festival for Derby last Saturday!

With thanks to IWD Volunteer Viv Lucas, Russell Pollard of Derby News, Laura Mitchell and everyone who has sent in their photos to us – here’s just a few with more on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/WomensDayDerby

Photos and write-up from Derby News: “Celebrating, Participating, Liberating”

Photos and write-up from Derby Telegraph: “International Women’s Day: Hundreds take part in Derby Market Place festival”

Photo gallery from Russell Pollard

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Shazia’s beautiful henna art to raise funds for IWD Derby

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Derbyshire Football Association brought the girls’ teams to demonstrate their skills

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Steps for the Future get the crowds dancing along

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Parvaneh Persian Dance in strength and grace

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Javvani teach some Bollywood moves

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The sun shines upon Parvaneh Persian dancers

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Estrondo! women’s drumming group bring a carnival atmosphere to the Market Place Derby

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Li Laurent was one of 3 performers showcased by Baby People

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Georgia Fowler, aged 16yrs, opened the festival with stunning smoky vocals

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Catcalls and street harassment examples captured by UDSU FemSoc

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Sacha Wise from our sponsor MeWeZeN gave an inspiring speech

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Busy Bees kindly provided a crèche with lots of fun for little ones

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Fun making empowerment dolls with local artist Rita Kappia

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Local portrait artist Alice Kell painted a portrait of Malala during the day

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Bess of Hardwick (Gertie Whitfield) was our MC in the morning

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Deda Bellydancers get ready to perform

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Our youngest volunteer, aged 12yrs, enjoyed the day and got up on stage and in a workshop to speak up on gender issues

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There were 5 workshops and 5 informal discussion circles during the day – pictured: Jo Lewis leads a noise-making workshop teaching women’s protest songs

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Rock Choir sang uplifting songs

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